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In 1982, a dozen or so gentlemen, leaders in the community, got together to throw a party to raise toys for a brighter Christmas for Arlington kids in need. I’m proud to tell you that the Arlington Margarita Society is still at it and on November 17th, we celebrate 35 years of holiday cheer and charity. We’re rolling out the red carpet and invite you to join us for a special night of celebration and supporting the community MARGARITA STYLE. Be on the lookout for your invitation... it’ll hit your mailbox soon! Your invitation is good for two couples so grab your party pals (age 21 & older) for a festive evening, but please play it safe and pick a designated driver.

The doors open at 7:00PM and the chips start flying in the casino at 7:30PM!!! And get ready... at 8:00 PARTY MACHINE will raise the roof and fill the dance floor. Make sure you have your dancin’ shoes on! This is an AWESOME band and we are glad to have them join our team. SMILE! We will have a floating photographer capturing the coolest pics of the night and posting them on our facebook page.

For you loyal guests, you know the gig, and for our new guests, it’s pretty simple... this is a night to shine yourself up in your best holiday attire, lace up your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of seeing old friends and making new ones! We’ll have complimentary MARGARITAS, an awesome SILENT AUCTION, a RAFFLE for a MARAGRITAVILLE CASINO RESORT excursion, a FABULOUS CASINO with FANTASTIC PRIZES and plenty of dance tunes. For you college football fans, have no fear, we’ll have 2 GIANT SCREENS BLASTING OUT THE BIGGEST GAMES OF THE WEEK... you won’t miss a single play! As you can tell, we have something for everyone! All we ask is that you bring an unwrapped toy to help support a great cause!

This event comes together with the hard work of our wonderful facility host, the Arlington Convention Center and its dedicated staff and also by the efforts of The Arlington Margarita Society Directors, 44 gentlemen with a deep commitment to our community. This year we say thanks to Ronnie Price and Jimmy Harris, 2 directors who retired from the board. Best wishes to both of you as you refocus your time to family and business. I’m pleased to welcome Aaron Reich, Jim Ross, Michael Jacobson, David K. Sargent and Alan Rose, our newest directors... WELCOME ABOARD! Once again, we’re proud to team up with the Arlington Police Association and Santa Cops. They do a great job working with the AISD to make sure your toys make it to the kids who need a little extra support. This year, the biggest needs come from kids ages 8 to 12 years, but please, NO bicycles. THANK YOU APD – YOU ROCK! Last, but certainly not least, is a big thanks to our generous sponsors – Reliable Paving, Sewell Lexus, Sewell Infiniti, Frost Bank

, Viridian Development, LP, Coca Cola, Customized Communications, Pro Lawn Land Care, Stadium Parking, Affiliated Bank, Kleiman Evangelista Eye Center, Wade Family Funeral Home, and a special thanks to the Brentlinger family and Sterling Farms for providing trucks to move the toys... we truly appreciate it! Of course, it’s not a party without YOU, our GUESTS... THANK YOU for your generous support of a toy of at least a $30 value... what a difference you make! Just in case shopping isn’t your thing, we’ll gladly accept your donation at the door... cash, check or charge. We’ll even supply you with an envelope with your invitation, in case you can’t be at the Ball, but would like to support the cause!

35 Years! That’s a lot of toys and holiday cheer! The Margarita Society thanks you for your generosity and for being a part of this great tradition.

THANKS... and I can’t wait to see you on the 17th!

Don Duke, Chairman


Arlington Margarita Society Directors
Michael Austin
Arlington, TX native. Married to Nicky Austin, also from Arlington. 2 Children, Ben(15),Ella(13). Employed with Ebby Halliday Realtors. Graduate of Arlington High School and Tarleton State University. Currently in his 4th year as a Margarita Director.
Zack Boonjue
Zack graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering and a Master in Mechanical Engineering. Zack is the General Manager at PeirsonPatterson, llp., an Arlington law firm.
Paul Cary
Paul is a native of Arlington. He is a CPA and a partner in Sutton Frost Cary LLP, a CPA firm in Arlington. He and his wife Angela live in Arlington with their daughter Madison
Travis W. Cope
Travis is the Vice President and Regional Counsel for KB Home's eastern US operations. A native fifth-generation Arlington resident and graduate of Arlington High School '92, Travis is married to Nina with children, Braden, Arden and Brody.
Carl Cravens
Carl lives in Arlington with his wife, Lisa, and daughters, Mary Nelle and Edie and son, Coleman.
Clay Crudup
Clay and his wife Catherine live in Fort Worth with their two daughters, Claire and Campbell.
Don Duke
Don is a health insurance broker for Coble-Cravens. Don, and his wife Cristy, have one daughter, Olivia, age 18. The Dukes live in Pantego
Jordan Foster
Jordan is Vice-President at Peyco Southwest Realty, a Commercial Real Estate Company located in South Arlington. He and his wife Catie have two children named Reid and Grace and currently reside in South Arlington.
Larry Fowler
Larry and his wife, Melody, live in Arlington. He is an Attorney with Pope, Hardwicke, Christie, Schell, Kelly and Taplett and offices at the Ballpark in Arlington. He and Melody have one son, Brennan, who is a Senior at Martin High School. Larry also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the River Legacy Foundation, is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and is immediate past Chairman of the City of Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission.
Paul Fulks
Paul Fulks is the heart and soul of 3Di Sign + Design. His vision and integrity have helped shape the success of numerous multi-million dollar companies. Paul looks at each prospective client’s business as if it were his own, envisioning more than a sign, but an entire marketing campaign and how his designs will attract the desired customers. With over 25 years of sign industry experience, Paul brings his creative genius as well as an uncanny engineering perspective to each client. This special talent has resulted in many national awards, including honors as a national finalist of Pillars of the Industry chosen by The National Architects and Developer Association. He has been recognized for several years in the magazine “Signs of The Times” for his winning designs. Paul was also invited to participate in the focus group for the re-design of The City of Arlington sign ordinance. Paul believes whole-heartedly that every business has both professional and community responsibilities. He is an avid supporter of several Arlington-based non-profits and serves on many boards, including The Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Vice President of Large Gifts for the Arlington Education Foundation, President of Dance Theatre Arlington, Board Member of the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion, and Director of the Arlington Margarita Ball. Paul also sponsors Miss Arlington, Miss Texas, Tailgate Education Foundation and is a Lifetime Member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce since 1997. The respect Paul receives from his colleagues and City leaders has been well earned. Many comment on his extraordinary talent, honesty and hardworking ethics. “Details Matter” is one of Paul’s favorite sayings, and because of his strong belief in providing the best, his clients form lasting relationships with him and 3Di Sign + Design.
Mike Gerro
Mike is a native Texan, Born in Beaumont Texas, and he grew up in East and North East Texas, He has lived in Arlington since 1991 Mike has been with Frost Bank for the past 17 years and is currently the Market President for the Bank’s Arlington market and Sales Manager for the Mansfield market. He began his banking career after graduation from Baylor University in 1985 with a BBA in Finance. Current and Past community activities include; Arlington Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Board and the Executive Committee. Also serving as Chair of the Business Development Advisory Council. Boys and Girls Clubs of Arlington, currently serving as Board Chair. The Green Oaks School, currently serving on the Board. Tarrant County Workforce Development Board Former Board Member of the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation Advisory Board. Former Board Chair and Board Member of the Safehaven of Tarrant County. Former Board and Executive Committee Member of Girls Incorporated of Tarrant County
Roy Gully
Roy is a Mississippi native who moved to Texas in 1979 and has been a part of the Arlington Margarita Ball Society for 10 years. Roy graduated from Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978, the second graduating class in school's history. In 1981 he opened his first veterinary practice and has been enjoying practicing veterinary medicine ever since. When he is not working he enjoys spending his free time outdoors with his wife, Rhonda and their grandchildren. They enjoy hiking, biking, camping, hunting and fishing.
Mojy Haddad
Mojy Haddad, is the President, CEO and Co - founder of CHS Architects, Inc since it was founded in 1984, providing architectural services for commercial projects ranging from Midrise Office buildings, Mixed Use Developments and Shopping centers to Hospitality projects and municipal work. He is a registered Architect in Texas, California, Florida, New York, Hawaii and several other states. In addition to his local and national architectural experience, Haddad has designed projects in Japan, Australia, Europe and Mexico. He is also the president and CEO of an affiliated commercial development company, Oakhollow Group, which develops, acquires and manages high quality commercial projects. Haddad holds three degrees from The University of Texas at Arlington; a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Master’s Degree in Architecture and Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning. Haddad has resided in Arlington since 1974 and is very active in the community and civic organizations. In recent years, he has served, in various capacities, on numerous boards and commissions throughout his career including: Board of Directors of Super Bowl Host Committee; Chairman of the Arlington Chamber Foundation; President of the Arlington Sports Authority; Chairman of the Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission, Chairman of the Board of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of a joint committee of Arlington Chamber and the City for the re-write of the Arlington Zoning Ordinance and Design Standards, UT Arlington Development Board, UT Arlington School of Architecture Advisory Board. Haddad has been the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni of the Year, from UT Arlington school of Architecture and YMA (Young Men of Arlington) Award for community service. He has also received other professional awards including American Institute of Architects design awards, Mayor’s award for design excellence and "Best Preservation/ Adaptive Reuse" from downtown Fort Worth, Inc. Haddad and his wife Julia were also awarded the Ceicil Mayfield Torch of Hope Award by the North Texas Cancer Research Foundation. He currently serves on: NTTA Board of Directors, appointed by Tarrant County Judge and Commissioners; Arlington Chamber Executive Board; Arlington Foundation Board; Arlington Chamber Board; Arlington Police Foundation Advisory Board; Children’s Toys Inc (Arlington Margarita Ball Society); Rotary Club of Arlington (Paul Harris Fellow); Worthington National Bank Founding Board Member and organizer; and Board of directors at RTC (Regional Transportation Council). In 2014, Haddad was appointed by Governor Abbott to serve on the Gubernatorial Inauguration Board.
Wally Hardin
Wally is the owner of THE MAN'S SHOP in downtown Arlington since 1972. Wally and wife Vicki are the proud parents of Kelsey, husband Jeromy, Kendyl, husband Paul, granddaughter Paige, grandson Tyler, and grand dog Jack.
Christian Hibbs
Christian was born and raised in Arlington. He is a proud Razorback, graduating from the University of Arkansas in 2012. Christian works for Affiliated Bank, headquartered in Arlington, in the roll of Vice President of Commercial Lending. In addition to the Margarita Society he is the Treasurer of Young Men for Arlington, Council Member for Arlington Chamber of Young Professionals and a graduate of Leadership Arlington.
John Hibbs
Married 30yrs to my lovely spouse Mary. We have three great kids Christian 26, Jaimie 24 and Erin 19. I have been employed by Bausch & Lomb for 24 yrs working as the Western Regional Manager for its Contact Lens Division.Interest include working with Youth Sports, Golf, Travel and Church leadership.
Michael Jacobson
Michael Jacobson was appointed President & CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce in February 2016. The Arlington Chamber of Commerce represents the interest of over 900 businesses in the greater Arlington area, championing economic and community prosperity. Michael is currently a member of Downtown Rotary and serves on the Board of the Arlington Police Foundation, North Texas Commission and the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center. Michael has served as Chair of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center. He also served on the Boards of Sacramento’s Valley Vision, KVIE Public Television, the United Way in Sacramento and Tarrant County, Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce, Folsom Tourism and Economic Development Board. Jacobson received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Baylor University in 1984. He met Kristen at Baylor and they have been married for 33 years. They reside in Arlington, Texas.
Kris Landrith
A founding director and former President, Kris is an attorney who practices corporate, personal injury, real estate, title, and litigation law. He is a car collector and golf nut. He is married to Ellen Foreman Landrith.
Tony Loth
Tony has been a member of the Arlington Margarita Society since 1996, and has been married to Deborah since 1992. They have three daughters, Erin, Devon and Darby. He is the owner of Bailey Hardware and Hydraulics and is a board member of Leg Up Foundation, a non-profit serving the homeless of Tarrant County.
Bill Martensen
Bill is a founding member and past president of the Margarita Society. He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and has been a State Farm Agent in Arlington for over 40 years. He has also owned Blue Moon Farm & Equestrian in Granbury for almost 20 years. He has been involved with the communities in both Tarrant and Hood counties including member and past president of Arlington West Rotary, Treasurer for Boys and Girls Club of Hood County, Leadership Granbury, Arlington Beautification Committee, Arlington Southeast Sector Planning Commission, Leadership Granbury, Beautification Granbury, Economic Advisory Board, and Fee Arbitration Committee Tarrant County. Bill is married to his lovely wife, Bonnie. He is the proud father of Blake, Kimi and Todd and stepchildren Blue and Dinah. He enjoys his beautiful 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Tom McCarty
Jeff McCurdy
Jeff is an Attorney with the law firm Foster & Sear. He graduated from TCU and Texas Wesleyan University Law School and is currently a member of the City of Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission. Jeff and his wife, Spring, live in Arlington with their three daughters Mallory, Miller and Megan.
Mike McWithey
Randle Meadows
Randle is with Murphy Nasica & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in political strategy and issue management. He is a retired President of the Arlington Police Association which sponsors Santa Cops.
Greg Miller
Greg is a principal owner with Business Interiors, and BI Express Office Furniture. Greg lives in Mansfield with his wife Karen and their children Lisa, Michael, Scott and Gregory.
Jeff Pokrifcsak
Jeff is principal owner and COO of Streamline Packaging Solutions. He has served on various boards such as the Arlington Chamber Foundation board, the Arlington Arts Alliance board, and the city of Arlington's Planning & Zoning Commission. Jeff lives in Arlington with wife, Erin, and two children, John & Olivia.
Tony Pompa
Marc Prda
Marc is First V.P. of Investments & Branch Manager of the Morgan Stanley office located at the Ballpark in Arlington. He enjoys watching the Rangers and boating with his wife, Leah! They have three "Young Adults"
Aaron D. Reich
Dr. Aaron Reich is President of TRINU Healthcare, an accredited healthcare education, development and consulting company; President of the Arlington Independent School District Board of Trustees; President of Theatre Arlington; a co-founder of International Corridor Vision, the non-profit responsible for bringing the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market to Arlington (the market’s first and only sister city); Co-Founder and President of Positive Influence, a non-profit focused on parent involvement and child engagement; Ex-Officio Member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is an invited local, state, and national speaker, an Education Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the Commission in his career field, received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University and completed his Residency at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Aaron is married to Debra J. Freiheit, a local CPA, and they have two children Samantha and Jacob.
Robert Rivera
Robert has served on the Arlington City Council since 2005. He is active in numerous community organizations. Robert is employed as an investment banker.
Alan Rose
Alan graduated from the University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Geology and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Alan currently works for Peyco Southwest Realty, as a Brokerage Associate. He is a member of the Arlington Chamber of Young Professionals, Real Estate Council of Greater Ft. Worth, and YMA Young Men for Arlington.
Jim Ross
Jim Ross is an attorney and founder of the Jim Ross Law Group, P.C. Prior to starting his legal career in the mid-nineties Jim was a U.S. Marine; an Arlington Texas Police Officer and DEA task force officer. Jim is also the co-owner of two other Arlington businesses, the Mercury Chophouse and Urbans Tattoos. Jim received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Dallas Baptist University and his Juris Doctor degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law). As an active member of the community, Jim is a Rotarian, serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association in Fort Worth and is the Chairman of the Board for the Arlington Police Foundation. He also serves on the event planning committee for the District 11 Special Olympics here in Fort Worth.
David K. Sargent
David K. Sargent is the Executive Vice President of Stripe-A-Zone, Inc. founded in 1950. Stripe-A-Zone is continuously the industry leader of all pavement markings including parking lot striping, airport pavement markings, and roadway striping. Mr. Sargent strives to improve quality through innovation, technology, vast experience, knowledge of the industry and dependable personnel. He started his professional career with Stripe-A-Zone, Inc. during his junior year at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. August 2017 was David’s 21st year at Stripe-A-Zone. From the Headquarters located in Grand Prairie, Stripe-A-Zone services the entire state of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma and is licensed in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Arizona. Mr. Sargent has lived in Arlington, Texas since 1989; and is very active in the community and civic functions. He is proud of his outstanding community and leadership memberships and affiliations. His memberships in professional associations and civic involvements include: Rotary Board Membership Director 2016-2017, National Floor Safety Institute B101 Main Committee, Great South West Industrial District Board 2015-2017, Young Men for Arlington and the Sargent Family Foundation Board. David has been married since 2011 and is the proud father of his son born in 2014. Spending time with his family rounds out his professional and personal well-being. He strives to achieve the perfect balance in his passion for his work, dedication and joy being surrounded by family brings to him. David’s favorite book is “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and his favorite quote is “The reason more people are not great is because they are complacent being good”.
Kevin Schutte
Mark Shelton
Mark is a very active member in his local community. As a business and marketing professional, he uses his time and talents to assist preachers, teachers, and coaches in the mentoring of students and athletes, as well as encouraging and guiding aspiring young entrepreneurs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is always among the first to assist the community in times of need, from helping feed folks after a bad winter storm, flood, fire or tornado, to coordinating and hosting fundraisers for families that have gone through a tragedy, children illnesses, etc. Additionally he always supports the first responders, works with several non-profit organizations that help combat wounded veterans, and also teams up with the local homeless shelter frequently as he lives by the mantra that “it is our duty to serve those who serve us.” Recently, Mark was elected to the committee for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on God, Country and Family and helps strengthen the marriages of our military and first responders, by raising money for revitalization retreats.
Robert Shepard
Robert Shepard has been an Arlington resident for over 30 years. In 1980, Robert earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his doctorate in jurisprudence in 1983 from St. Mary’s University School of Law. With the Arlington law firm of Parks Huffman McVay Shepard and Wells, P.C., he is a shareholder, officer and director. Robert served on the City of Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission from 2001 to 2007, chairing the Commission from 2004 to 2007. In 2007, Robert was recognized as the City of Arlington Volunteer of the Year. Elected to the Arlington City Council in 2008 he remains the District Six – At–Large representative for the City of Arlington. Robert and his wife, Lori, have two daughters. They are members of the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield. He is best known for his love for family, community and his passion for music.
Scott Slover
Blake Wade
Blake lives in Arlington with his wife Maddie and daughter Harper. Blake is a licensed Funeral Director at Wade Family Funeral Home.
Ryan Walton
Ryan is a partner and Registered Principal of Walton & Lourcey, Financial Strategies in Arlington. He and his wife Kelly have three children Sam (6),Ben(3)and Hayes (3). Ryan has been associated with the Margarita Society since 2000.
Chad Woodard
Chad and his wife Amy live in Dalworthington Gardens with their 2 children Meghan and Emma. He is a principal at both AllTex Insurance and Coble Cravens Financial Services.
Matt Worthington
Matt and his wife Ryan live in Mansfield with their three boys Reese, Cole & Price. Matt is a graduate of TCU, class of 2002. Matt is the founder/owner of Worthington Monuments Inc. in Fort Worth.

Annual Gala

Mark your calendars and send your fancy duds to the cleaners. Yes that is correct; it is time for Arlington’s number one party extravaganza! Three decades have passed since our first Margarita Gala & Charity Ball and each year they have only gotten better.

Of course we will have our Casino and several great prizes to try and win as well as the addition of more Blackjack and Poker tables. We will again have huge televisions to watch the big games and, as always, our bands will be cranking out the greatest dance tunes for you to shake that “money maker”. Lastly, do not forget the most important feature of the Gala….FREE MARGARITAS compliments of Arlington Margarita Society and our Sponsors.

The purpose of the event has remained constant for thirty years; help those children who are less fortunate by providing them gifts at Christmas time. This is accomplished by asking each attendee to present a new, unwrapped toy ($30 minimum value) or make a donation of at least $30 at the door to gain entrance into the Gala!

If for some reason you are unable to attend and still wish to help out the kids; feel free to contact any of our Directors to make a donation.


Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX

November 17, 2018

7:00pm Doors Opens
7:30pm Casino Opens
8:00pm Entertainment Begins

Invitation Only
Coat & Tie or Cocktail Dress Required

Click here for the Sheraton reservation request form.

Coat & Tie or Cocktail Dress Required
Complimentary Margaritas and Cash Bar Available

All attendees must be at least 21 years of age and provide valid identification to be admitted.


Types of Toys Needed

  • Please DO NOT bring Bicycles, Tricycles, or Scooters
  • MP3 Players
  • Athletic equipment (balls, bats, etc.)
  • Dolls
  • Games, learning toys, electronic toys (please include batteries if toys require them)
  • Quality book collections

Though most of the toys are for younger children, we also need a few items for young teenagers.

Please do not gift wrap your toys.


Arlington Margarita Society would like to thank their sponsors for their support.

Sponsorship opportunities available.
Please contact a Margarita Society Director for more information.